The Best Money Game For Kids

If you have ever had the experience of living paycheck to paycheck and wondering how you will ever pay your bills, you have certainly learned a lesson or two at the school of hard knocks. Why would you want your children to learn those lessons the hard way too? Sure, your kids can learn about money by playing a dozen different computer or board games, like Monopoly and Life, but none of those are best suited for teaching your children about money. The best money game for children is definitely real life.

Growing up, the most you learned about money and investing was probably playing Monopoly with Mom and Dad. You probably had a great time purchasing real estate, houses, hotels, and collecting rent. Then an hour into the game, you or one of the other players probably went bankrupt. We’ve all won and lost at the game of Monopoly, but it’s just not the same when these financial ups and downs happen in real life. A board game will not prepare your kids for the real world.

The best, and only, money game for children that will ever teach your kids how to properly deal with money and stay out of a financial mess as an adult is real life. Children as young as four are old enough to understand money concepts. What your children learn from real life money experiences will only translate positively to their financial experiences as adults. Something as simple as a child doing household chores for an allowance to save up for a prized video game or other item will teach them in leaps and bounds. This respect for earning and saving will only translate into a good work ethic and the likelihood of fiscal responsibility.

Go ahead and teach your children that money is a tool that is most effective when managed and used properly. Let them learn and understand that money is an essential tool that can help them build up their lives. As your child earns an allowance, let him make his own financial mistakes and learn from them while he is still young. Making such mistakes at the age of five and learning from them will possibly prevent similar errors when he is twenty-five.

The Emergence of Adult Role Playing

Roleplaying (or “RPing”) can be described as a written collaboration among people as they each control their own character and interact with the other characters to achieve some sort of objective. Written roleplay emerged from tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) like Dungeons & Dragons and early roleplaying games. The fictional collaboration model of forum-based role playing is essentially a traditional roleplaying game without the rigid mechanic of dice and rules. Only a few residual characteristics of forum play-by-post roleplaying points back to its tabletop predecessors, and that’s mainly its turn-based format and the “Game Master” entity responsible for controlling the pace of the RP, progression, and the non-player characters and events that happen.

The adult RPing community has taken the written RP subject and narrowed it into the niche of adult themes and sexual themes. Where a conventional roleplay could involve hobbits taking a powerful ring to the summit of a volcano, adult roleplaying involves a dance of foreplay between a man and a woman before they have sex. Or it can involve a forbidden romance, a master-slave dichotomy, or any other adult theme, usually sexual in nature.

Adult roleplaying goes by various different names that mean different things to different people. The first is “erotic roleplaying” which generally refers to role playing involving sexual themes. Erotica doesn’t have to result in sex. Another way of referring to adult RPing is “mature RP” which is more indicative of a roleplay involving adults, not necessarily sex. The third semi-synonymous for adult roleplaying is “sexual roleplaying” and often refers to the act of dressing up in costumes and pretending to be someone or something else while you have sex with your partner. In the written role play community, sexual roleplaying simply means that the collaboration involves sex. Finally, “adult roleplaying” is an all-inclusive phrase that catches all of the individual roleplay subsets above.

Despite the emergence of computer roleplaying gaming, written forum-based role playing is a growing activity, even among the youth. With the increase in roleplaying interest comes the increase in interest in all of roleplaying’s subsets, including adult RP. New adult roleplaying communities start up every day, each developing unique characteristics and community attitudes of their own.

WARNING – Solve All the World’s Problems in Just One Hour in the Swimming Pool

I have  swum  for years. I first fell in love with  swimming  in my own back yard. I remember  swimming  in the pool for hours with my older sister and brother and the local neighbourhood kids. Stopping only for something to eat and from the calling out of my Mum to get out of the pool before our skin became dry, itchy and flaky from the allergies I had from the chlorine, often it was way too late!

So where do you start? Here are a few tips to assist you in taking the plunge back into the  swimming  pool:

A reason

Personally I think you need a reason to get started. My reason initially was asthma. My mum enrolled me in  swimming  lessons and then  swim  club to help manage my asthma. It worked. After high school I wanted to learn to teach  swimming  to help me get through Uni. When I was pregnant with both of my children, I wanted to keep fit and this was the best low impact exercise. After having my children I had problems with my lower back, I ended up having a bulge removed from my lower disc,  swimming  was the best form of rehabilitation. So…. I have had many reasons to get back in the pool. Now my reason is relaxation, de-stressing, overall well being, keeping my back in check and meeting friends. What is your reason?

Get motivated

I always find that going along to the pool with a friend or group of swimmers is the best motivator. If you have pre-arranged a time each week you have made a commitment to yourself and your group, this works all the time. I also find  swimming  in the morning much easier as you seem to find all the excuses in the world during the day, not to  swim .

Setting goals is always important. Just as in other parts of your life setting goals is paramount. This may seem boring and I’ve heard it all before. I was like that but once I took the time to set out my goals everything else fell into place and I became more invigorated and had a sense of achievement, great for your self-esteem.

Get the look

I must admit I love fashion. I like to look funky and comfortable. Go for the bright bathers with the matching goggles, fins and cap. Colour co-ordination is vital for your  swimming  confidence. Go out and spoil yourself you need to look the part (I hope this doesn’t sound too shallow?)

Get some help

If you haven’t been in the pool for a while, one-on-one lessons will help you to get back your confidence.  Swimming  is like riding a bike it is a life long skill which will come back pretty soon. If you lack the confidence in the water and have a child hood fear of the water, don’t worry, there are heaps of fantastic  adult  learn to  swim  programmes at your local pool, worth a look. Go for it!

If you know how to  swim  just start off slowly. Set a goal of the number of laps you want to  swim  and then set a goal to increase the number of laps you do. Break it up with  swimming  laps, kicking, pull throughs (arms only) and walking in the water. There are heaps of programmes on the net you can use for FREE.

Relax

I always find that if I am nervous or apprehensive about getting into something that I haven’t done before, to think of something that I am good at, and that I really, really, enjoy. I remember the last time I had that experience and take the time to really be with that memory, creating pictures, sounds and feelings that went with the experience. This is the state of mind you need to take with you to the pool before you jump in and take the challenge. Don’t be hard on yourself. Progress comes with fits and starts. Keep practising and always remember how far you have come.

Take the time to watch others around you and see how they move through the water and look at how much fun they are having. In no time this will be you!

Strategy Games Tips – 6 Tips of Playing Strategy Games

There are so many strategy games for both on line and for game consoles. In today’s games, there isn’t a need to set the setting of the strategy games for half an hour as the programmers had already figured out what actually the gamer needs and had already been programmed into the game.

Most of the strategy games I played needed lots of planning and speed to play well in the strategy games. These games can be those defense games where you need to build towers at strategic areas or points to fight off an invasion effectively or if you are those kind of offensive players, you can be the one building units to crush the computer’s defense.

There is a saying:” Attack is my defense, defense is my attack”. It really depends on how you want to play it.

6 Simple Strategy Techniques For Playing Strategy Games

1) Knowing in depth of the different kinds of units or races in the game. Normally it isn’t going to be more than 10.

2) Follow the basic rules of the strategy game. Some basics strategies are: Use the melee fighters upfront in the front lines as “meat shield” while the ranged soldiers stand behind the melee fighters to support them.

3) When you have gained enough money, do plan some of it for upgrades of your soldiers, towers etc… Normally starting of the game, it can be quite hard to plan but plan out a strategy of your own.

4) Pick up some air units to support your ground troops. It is a must! Next go get a good siege weapon to destroy building more effectively and faster. Siege weapons are a double edged weapon where it can be used for base defense too. By understanding what does what, you will be in a better position to really deploy them well and avoid stupid mistakes.

5) Pay attention to powered attacks too. It is normally in the form of artillery strike with a huge amount of ground troops charging at you, distracting you and using the siege weapons clearing out your base buildings. Use your air units to flank the siege weapons, counter attack them and surprise your enemy.

6) Last tip is to make sure that you don’t save necessary money that is not necessary. This is a common mistake that new gamers make. There is no point in saving so much money in the game and lose in the end and to prove nothing. But if you are going to build massive or very grand, then just do it. Strike a good balance point between having some savings for defense when needed. You will have to learn this in regards to each specific game.

What Kids Know And What Adults Have Forgotten: The Value of Playing

Is there a natural value to playing that we as adults have somehow managed to forget? Does it serve some higher function, other than just learning?

Kids seem to figure out play all by themselves. All over the world, young kids will invent games and stuff, playing with whatever they happen to have handy and go at it for hours on end. In the process, they have a lot of fun and happiness, regardless of how crappy the rest of their lives are.

But as adults, we seem to lose that childish spirit and pretty much stop playing games the way we used to when we were kids. If we do play something, it’s often some form of sport, or some other board game that often limits the imagination by having a defined set of rules that has to be followed. More and more these days, people are turning to things like video games which, while they are fun to play, don’t force us to use our imaginations at all.

Kids don’t seem to need to worry about that sort of thing. They’re happy to run around, playing soldiers or cowboys and indians or whatever happens to take their fancy at the time. If they have toy cars, they’ll build elaborate roads and jusy drive the cars around for ages.

What purpose do these sorts of childish games serve? I think it’s got something to do with developing and using our imaginations. Kids find that creativity comes naturally to them. They’ll build stuff out of whatever happens to be around, or they’ll invent elaborate stories for their games and everything that goes along with that.

Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, talks about his own experiences with play in his autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections. He writes:


As soon as I was through eating, I began playing, and continued to do so until the patients arrived; and if I was finished with my work early enough in the evening, I went back to building. In the course of this activity my thoughts clarified, and I was able to grasp the fantasies whose presence in myself I dimly felt.

Naturally, I thought about the significance of what I was doing, and asked myself, “Now, really, what are you about? You are building a small town, and doing it as if it were a rite!” I had no answer to my question, only the inner certainty that I was on the way to discovering my own myth. For the building game was only a beginning. It released a stream of fantasies which I later carefully wrote down.

This sort of thing has been consistent with me, and at any time in my later life when I came up against a blank wall I painted a picture or hewed stone. Each such experience proved to be a rite d’entrée for the ideas and works that followed hard upon it.

I think what Jung was saying is that the value of play is that it seems to unleash something within our own minds that helps us in our day-to-day existence. It may be that it just fires up our own creativity and helps us be more open to different ways of thinking about things. As adults, we stop doing such things and find our minds closed to new ideas and our creativities hampered by rigid thinking and habits, which is usually to our detriment.

So maybe we should all take some time and do what Jung did: get out and start having fun the way we did when we were kids. Throw away the rules and start inventing stuff again, simply for the sheer joy of it. If nothing else, it might help you relax.

Dungeon Master Basics – High Level Campaigns

The vast majority of games are run at the lower levels, where your PC’s don’t have much power and ability. As the DM, your job is consequently much easier. You have much more control over where they go, what their options are, and what sort of enemies to throw at them. Things are simpler, more controllable, and thus that’s why most games are run at this level. However, a High Level campaign is the opposite. All of a sudden your PC’s have access to high level magic, and are able to do almost whatever they like. How do you handle this? How do you run a High Level Campaign without giving yourself a headache?

The trick lies in how you think about your job as DM. You are there to present the PC’s with a plot for them to follow, as well as problems for them to solve. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is how much control you have over their actions. To illustrate this, think about the classic dungeon: a series of rooms connected by tunnels, containing dangers. In a way, it functions as a flow chart, guiding the low level PC’s from encounter to encounter. They have to follow the corridors, have to go through certain rooms. It stands as a symbol for low level games in general. As the DM, you have control.

Where this changes is when your PC’s acquire the ability to break free of your flow chart. Teleportation is an excellent example of this. Suddenly they can jump from room to room, or escape the dungeon altogether back to the surface. As the DM, you have to rethink the flow chart, and realize that you can no longer control their movement. In effect, you have to erase the corridors from your dungeon, the arrows connecting the boxes on your chart. Now you still have to create your encounters, but they can be accessed and left at any time.

Furthermore, as your PC’s grow more powerful, the nature of combat changes. Combat becomes increasingly easy or increasingly protracted and difficult. Your PC’s will either mop the floor with your bad guys, or get stuck in for several hours worth of fighting. Thus while combat is still important and fun, you have to think of it differently in high level campaigns. Going back to the dungeon metaphor, it’s no longer enough to simply populate each room with a bad guy, and have their existence be all the justification the PC’s need to adventure. Instead, there simply being a bad guy is no longer sufficient reason for your PC’s to adventure (they’ll probably just teleport in and kill him, game over). Instead, you need to focus on the ‘why’ of the adventure. Why are your PC’s getting involves? What is their motivation?

That is the crux of a high level campaign. You have to stop thinking in terms of dungeons, and instead think in terms of an open sandbox, where the PC’s personalities, history and personal motivations drive the game. When the decisions are moral ones, when the outcome of the game depends on the integrity of a PC’s character, their ability to teleport won’t change a thing, and suddenly the intensity is right back on.

The Difference Between Adult and Childhood ADHD

There are very few diseases or disorders that are diagnosed in children and don’t carry over into adulthood. ADHD or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of those disorders that is usually diagnosed early on in childhood and persists throughout the persons life. It is a myth that as we become adults ADHD just disappears or goes away. In most cases the person will have some if not all the same symptoms in adulthood as they did in childhood. Even though diagnoses of ADHD in children have increased over the last decade, there are many cases that go undiagnosed. Some children are able to cope with mild symptoms and therefore they aren’t diagnosed until later on in life. Either way, most adults who are diagnosed with ADHD have had some types of symptoms all their life.

For any parent, it is hard to accept that your child has a disease or disorder. Guilt, anger and frustration are normal reactions. However, denial plays another role in some parents inability to determine their children’s actions or rather symptoms. When parents, teachers, or adults dismiss their child’s symptoms for typical childhood hyperactivity or distraction, they are missing a key part of caring for their child’s welfare. Not all children experience all the symptoms of ADHD therefore parents may label their child as a troublemaker or dreamer if they show an inability to concentrate in school. However, even one symptom can lead to a diagnosis and should be taken seriously. Some kids may be able to compensate for their symptoms due to a higher intellectual level. As they age adulthood can exacerbate their symptoms due to increased responsibility, and a greater demand for organizational skills. Although diagnosis of this disorder in childhood, gives people more time to educate, learn and manage their ADHD, adult diagnosis requires the same education, support from family and friends and creativity to manage their symptoms.

While the symptoms of ADHD are similar in childhood and adult ADHD, their appearance presents itself quite differently. Every individual has a unique set of symptoms and not all symptoms are required to diagnosis this disorder. Poor concentration, hyperactivity, distractibility, impulsiveness, and restlessness are key characteristics of ADHD. Adult ADHD primary symptoms include trouble concentrating or hyper focus, disorganization and forgetfulness, impulsivity, emotional difficulties, and restlessness. Adults are much less likely to be hyperactive than children, however it is included in the symptomology. If left untreated and undiagnosed adult ADHD can lead to problems in all areas of life, physical, mental, work, financial, and relationships.

Adults who suffer from ADHD normally have trouble focusing, concentration or staying on task. Every day tasks are boring which lead to zoning out or extreme distractibility. It is difficult to pay attention or focus on the task at hand. Adults with ADHD struggle completing tasks, especially if they are simple tasks. Details are easily missed which cause errors or incomplete work and their ability to listen proper causes an inability to follow directions or remember what is required of them. On the other hand some adults with ADHD have the opposite problem. They become hyper focused on specific tasks. They become so absorbed in what they are doing because it is stimulating, exciting or rewarding. They may forget about time, space or location. They completely tune out the world around them. This is their way of coping with the chaos, which surrounds them on a day-to-day basis. Although, in some circumstances this is a good way to accomplish something, it normally causes the person to forget appointments, dates, time, deadlines and ultimately other things that have to be done.

Most often than not an adult with ADHD has a hard time with organization. Disorganization is caused by the chaos that surrounds them. They feel like their life is out of control so organization is very difficult to maintain. This includes their house, car, and room, which are normally messy and cluttered. In addition, this person usually has a problem with forgetfulness. They procrastinate and are chronically late to appointments (if they even show up at all), bills, commitments and deadlines. Starting and finishing projects and tasks are very challenging. Because they procrastinate they normally don’t give themselves enough time to complete a task. Plus they are constantly losing or misplacing things, which causes inability to focus on the task at hand.

Adults with ADHD are usually very impulsive and have trouble stopping themselves from performing these behaviors. Normally they have poor self control because their life is so chaotic, so it’s impossible for them to contain themselves from commenting, interrupting, blurting out thoughts or being inappropriate. Adults with ADHD have trouble behaving in a socially appropriate manner. They act upon what they think without any disregard for what they are saying or doing. They act spontaneously without any regard for the consequences, which can get them into trouble.

Because most people who suffer with ADHD have suffered with it throughout their lives they have deep rooted feelings of embarrassment, frustration, hopelessness, disappointment, loss of confidence and underachievement. This leads to emotional difficulties in relationships with friends, families and partners. They are easily frustrated and irritated. Although, temper tantrums are more recognized in children, adults with ADHD have trouble dealing with frustration and stress and may have very violent mood swings, and explosive tempers.. They are very hypersensitive to criticism, which leads to a lack of motivation. Most adult ADHD have low self esteem and are very insecure.

Hyperactivity in adults with ADHD presents itself more as restlessness, rather than hyperactivity. Adults with ADHD tend to become bored very easily which leads to taking risks, trouble sitting still, and constant craving for attention and excitement. They have an inner agitation that leads to racing thoughts, excessive talking, constant fidgeting and trying to do a million things at once.

Adults who suffer from ADHD and are untreated are more likely to have addictive tendencies. This can lead to compulsive eating, substance abuse, debt, and impulsive spending. Without understanding and management it will be hard for individuals to hold down a job or have meaningful relationships. Low self esteem will always play a role in the severity of their symptoms, however with the right support, adults with ADHD can lead productive, and active lives.

Preschool Party Games

Planning a birthday party for your preschooler? Party games are

a great way to keep young children entertained and engaged in the

party. Make sure every child gets a prize of some kind so child

every goes home a winner!

Bean in Your Shoe

One player goes out of the room. A dried bean is given to one of

the players to put in his or her shoe. Play some music and have

all the players dance, each child pretending to have a bean in

their shoe. The player that left the room comes back and tries to

guess who has the bean in their shoe. If they guess right, the

person with the bean in their shoe gets to guess next. If they

guess wrong, they get to leave the room again and try again. If

they guess wrong a second time, they get to choose who gets to

leave the room next.

Hot and Cold

Have the players hide an object while one player leaves the room.

When the object has been hidden, the player that left returns to

the room and guesses where the object has been hidden. This

player must move around one step at a time while the other

players call out “Warm!” or “Cold!” or “Colder!” or “Warmer!” or

“Boiling!” until the player finds the object. The closer they

get, the “warmer” they are. The further away they get, the

“colder” they are.

Lucky Number

Give each child five buttons. The players go from player to

player, exchanging buttons with each other. They can give away as

many or few as they want, but they cannot refuse buttons from

other players. After approximately 2 minutes the leader

calls “Stop!” The leader then calls out a “lucky number” between

one and twenty. Whoever has that number of buttons wins.

Cat and Rat

This game is best for 10 or more players. The players hold hands

in a circle. One player is the rat on the inside of the circle,

and one player is the cat on the outside of the circle. The cat

tries to break through the circle to get to the rat. The players

in the circle try to prevent the cat from getting to the rat.

When the cat succeeds in breaking through the circle, the players

the cat broke between are the next cat and rat.

Balloon Race

Give each child a self-addressed postcard. Have the children

dictate to an adult notes to write on their postcard that state

they are having a contest to see whose balloon travels the

farthest. Also ask that the location, date, and time that the

balloon is found be written on the postcard by the person who

finds the balloon and that the person drop the postcard in the

mail. Place the postcards in ziploc bags and attach them to the

balloons. Set a date for when the contest ends, and launch the

balloons!

Farm Animals

Secretly give the name of a farm animal to each player. The

leader yells “Go!” and each player acts out their animal at the

same time. At the end of 2 minutes, each player calls out as many

of the animal names as they can remember. The player

that remembers the most animal names correctly wins the game.

Dog Bone

All players are seated in a group. One player is selected to be

the dog. The dog sits with his back to the rest of the players. A

bone (eraser, ball, or some other object) is placed on the floor

behind the dog’s back. One at a time, each player tries to sneak

up behind the dog and steal his bone. If the dog hears a sound

from the player trying to sneak up behind him, he “barks” and the

other player returns to their seat. If someone is successful in

stealing the bone, that player returns to their seat and hides

the bone. All of the players then say, “Dog, Dog, where’s your

bone?” The dog has three chances to guess who stole his bone. The

person who stole the bone gets to be dog next.

Break the Balloon

Each child receives a balloon. The first child to blow up their

balloon and pop it wins (show the children how to tie the

balloons before the game begins).

Blind Man’s Bluff

Choose one child to be blindfolded. Let the child wander around

the room until they touch another child. The blindfolded child

tries to guess who they have touched. If they are correct, the

other child gets to blindfolded next. If they are wrong, they get

to be blindfolded one more time. If they are wrong a second time,

they get to choose who gets to be blindfolded next.

Penny Dropping

Give each player 5 pennies. Place a jar on the floor behind a

chair. Have the players take turns kneeling on the chair and

trying to drop their pennies into the jar. Their hand should not

go lower than the top of the back of the chair. Whoever gets the

most pennies in the jar wins the game.

PC Gaming Vs XBox Gaming

There is a battle raging across the internet. No, I’m not talking about getting fragged in Halo. I’m talking about the war between Xbox gamers and PC gamers over which is the superior platform. They both have their strong points, and they both definitely have a few week points. I’m going to try to be fair and outline both sides of the argument here. Whether you’re an experienced gamer that’s tried one but not the other or a newbie who is looking to get into gaming but unsure which way to go, hopefully I’ll be able to provide you with some valuable insight.

Xbox Weak Points: One of the biggest complaints PC gamers have about the Xbox is that it’s “dumbed down”. Many PC gamers are irate because they feel studios have simplified their games in order to fit better into the Xbox market, and then lazily port those same games with the same “dumbed down” feeling to the PC. Whether it is the 4.7 Gigabyte limit on the Xbox 360’s DVD based games or the way Xbox controllers are designed, PC gamers find the entire thing very limiting.

PC Weak Points: The primary reason PC gamers can be snobs about such limitations is they’re constantly buying new hardware to have the most powerful and up to date systems out there (in order to get the most out of the latest games) but this can become a very expensive habit to maintain. An Xbox 360 has a base price up front, pay once for the lifetime of the console. A PC gamer trying to keep his system up to date with the latest technology might spend the price of a new Xbox 360 or more *every single year*. Another problem with PCs is you can’t just put the disc in the drive and play, you need to go through an install process and then launch the game. The entire experience of PC gaming is far less fluid and seamless than the Xbox experience.

Xbox Strong Points: Microsoft’s console gaming platform is a polished gaming package. You can unwrap it and start gaming with extreme ease. Their online system is fairly robust and whether you’re trying for special achievements in the latest role playing game or just want to frag some guy from New Jersey in Halo, you don’t need to read a manual to figure it out. The entire experience is straightforward and fun.

PC Strong Points: Like the Xbox, the PCs disadvantages are also its advantages. You might call it the eye of the beholder, or simply weighing the pros and cons. Whichever way you put it, the facts are clear: The constant pressure to upgrade hardware also means PCs can offer state of the art graphics and spectacular gaming experiences that the console systems cannot. The less straightforward nature of PC gaming also offers gamers complexity in both the width, breadth and depth of games specifically made for PC as well as in finer-tuned and more advanced control schemes.

Adult Swimming Lessons – Never Too Late to Start

Whoever says that they are too old and too big to start adult swimming lessons obviously have no idea what they are talking about. It usually boils down to shame, an unbelief that at such an age, they do not know how to swim – something toddlers do at the pool, something 6 year olds do at the beach, something probably one of their younger relatives, or even their child is doing way better then they are. While they won’t admit it, it is a question of pride as they think that the sight of a fully grown adult floundering at the shallow end of the pool is about as dignified as being caught in someone else’s lingerie cabinet. But I am here to say that it is never too late to start and adults should set aside their pride for an activity that has so many benefits. Why is it too late to start? It isn’t. Disabled people are swimming. Mentally under developed individuals are swimming.

And you who have the limbs of a healthy human individual won’t start? It’s time to re assess your mental state and understand that you are going through like with an added disadvantage. You can’t swim means if you have kids, you can’t join them in one of the best bonding activities there is. While it is understandable that at an advanced age, some of us can’t keep up with our energetic bunnies of children in running and kicking a ball around, but swimming is one of the sports that therapist say is easier to adapt to. The same logic also comes into play when we are talking about keeping fit as we get older. As joints get eroded and age catches up on us, most of us are limited to what we can do to keep fit.

While issues like lifting weights and running are not out of the question, physical therapists are dubious about the positive effects of these activities and more like them, because how hard they are on the joints when we are young gets multiplied a couple of times. Pain and prolonged aches are a common feature, just as it is harder for older people to repair their muscles after a relatively intense workout session. Swimming is the middle ground, the solution to most of our problems. It keeps us lean because it is an excellent calorie burner, it keeps the muscles active as it is works the upper and lower body with equal intensity and it works out the most important muscle of all – the heart, which ensures that passages are not blocked and our cardio vascular system remains healthier than most who are inert and do not exercise on a daily or even bi daily basis.

So as you can see, there are so many benefits to adult swimming lessons and I have seen geriatrics taking swimming lessons on recommendations of their doctors. It is never too late to start and if that is stopping you from signing up, then think again and do yourself a favour.